Hackworth keen to land Pikes job in a permanent basis

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Tony Hackworth has been confirmed as the temporary Pickering Town manager following the departure of Mitch Cook.

When Hackworth was offered the job he has revealed that it was an opportunity too good to turn down.

He said: “The chairman (Keith Usher) got in touch and with me being Mitch’s assistant it made perfect sense.

“I have a massive interest in the position on a full-time basis and I made sure I let the board know that.”

The former Scarborough FC-man has taken the job on a short-term deal but insists he hopes to take the job on permanently.

He said: “They’ve opened the job up to others but I want it and have applied myself. I know the lads at the club and they are upbeat about the challenge ahead and hopefully, starting on Tuesday, we can get the results needed to push the club up the table.”

This is Hackworth’s first venture into management after a long playing career, but he said: “Although it is difficult to manage and play at the same time I’m not hanging my boots up. I’ll always play if they need me and that won’t change should I get the job permanently.”

Following the news Cook had parted company with Pickering, Hackworth was left with plenty of work to do in a short period of time.

He said: “Not having a game on Saturday has really turned into a positive. I’ve spoken to the players and they’re fully aware we’ve been underachieving this season. They know it’s a fresh start and hopefully that will be with me at the helm.”

The results so far this season have seen Town slip into mid-table and Hackworth says he knows he needs to help them climb the table.

“The lads are essentially playing for their futures. I went up with Scarborough as captain so I know what it takes to get out of this league and until this season we’d always been just shy of the top six. I am hopeful we can get back up there and then the ultimate goal is to go up next season.”

Hackworth added: “We just need to win games, it really is that simple. I have some ideas in mind and I’ve let the chairman know what I want to contribute to the team.”

When asked if he had any long-term plans in mind, Hackworth said: “There’s a lot to do in the short-term but if I do get the job on a permanent basis I know who I want to bring in and even have an assistant in mind. We really need to steady the ship and we’ll see where we are after two or three weeks.”

Hackworth says he is full of confidence going into his first game in charge on Tuesday night, saying: “I’m going into it feeling optimistic. I’m excited but I am definitely not nervous and being at home, we can hopefully get the win.”

He added: “We are aiming to bring the smile back to the players and give them that spark they need to take us up the league.”